Hampton, S.E., C.A. Strasser, J.J. Tewksbury, W.K. Gram, A.E. Budden, A.L. Batcheller, C.S. Duke, and J.H. Porter. 2013. Big data and the future of ecology. Front Ecol Environ, 11(3):156-162, doi:10.1890/120103.
Cisco has released their annual security report, which touches on a number of different topics. Of particular interest to information managers is the topic on users having multiple devices to access cloud services. Because of this new paradigm, data center traffic is expected to quadruple in next 4 years. Along with the increase in the number of devices and network connections comes an increase in the number of available attack vectors.
Using GIS and Remote Sensing software and data, and relying on 24/7 IT support, analysts at the United Nations Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) provide vital and timely information to disaster rapid response and relief organizations. This article details work that UNOSAT does, how they get notified of a disaster, how they get their source data, how they produce useable information for other organizations, and how important their IT support is to their work.
Riebesell U., Fabry V. J., Hansson L. & Gattuso J.-P. (Eds.), 2010. Guide to best practices for ocean acidification research and data reporting, 260 p. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
Although this guide was written specifically for Ocean Acidification data, Part 4: ‘Data reporting and data usage’ applies equally well to ecological data in general.
There are several impressive images and internet mapping websites that highlight some of the latest technological advances in acquiring, processing, and distributing geo-spatial data. Several are highlighted here:
M Mayernik, A Batcheller, and C Borgman, 2011. How Institutional Factors Influence the Creation of Scientific Metadata. iConference 2011 proceedings (http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1940818), ISBN: 978-1-4503-0121-3.
Lotz, T., J. Nieschulze, J. Bendix, M. Dobbermann, and B.Konig-Ries. 2012. Diverse or Uniform? – Intercomparison of two major German project databases for interdisciplinary collaborative functional biodiversity research. Ecological Informatics, 8:10-19. DOI:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2011.11.004